2013 has been a Great Fishing year with our Fantastic Fall & Winter Fishing! Don’t miss the BEST FISHING OF THE YEAR on Santee Cooper Lakes, Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie!Catfish on the Santee Cooper Lakes and Rivers in SC with Guide and Pro Angler Capt. Darryl Smith with a 100 lb a day Guarantee. We have 22 Confirmed World Records, and have been featured in numbers of TV Shows, and Magazine. We supply all rod & reels, bait, tackle, boat, and boating equipment. All you need is a SC Fishing License, and what ever you wish to eat and drink in a days time. Fish in Comfort on a 30 Foot Crest Pontoon. For current fishing trends or to see when the best time to come on your family fishing vacation adventure would be- call Capt. Darryl 803-372-1398.
Captain Darryl's Guide Service
We have caught a lot of monster catfish with one client caught a 91.5 lb blue this year so far best in 2013. We had a SC State Biologist help us weigh and confirm the species and Release the fish UNHARMED. Channel 5 News out of Charleston came and filmed us Releasing this fish. This makes 4 catfish in the 90's caught in my boat and 1 over 100.5 lbs. This makes 90 lb Flathead, 91.5 lb Blue, 93 lb blue, 96.4 lb blue, & 100.5 lb blue catfish caught in my boat!
So Come on and lets go fish the Catfish Capital of the World!
2013 is here has been a different year. We started flooding in April this year and flooded till mid September. This kept water temps cooler and with the water currents fishing was hard but productive. The last 5 months average fish caught has weighed 18-23 lbs. We caught a lot of 30-50 lb fish with a few into the 60's this summer. So far my best trip this year has been 587 lbs weighed. We still on normal days averaging 200+ lbs each trip. This has been putting smiles on Faces. Our best trip in 2012 we boated 603 lbs. 2011's best was 705 lbs. Each year I'm learning more and more, I cannot wait to see what the rest 2013 has to bring. With our Incredible Fall and Winter Fishing still to come?? I cannot wait. It's the best time of the year to fish. Our fish make Fantastic Table Fare! Our water is clean with no restrictions on eating the catfish. Now when you catch a fish on my boat it's YOUR choice to keep it or throw it back. I carry a 170 quart cooler so if you wish to keep fish, IT'S YOUR CHOICE and is Ok with me either way. No I do not fish till a cooler full and come in. We fish till 8 hours past the time we decide to leave the dock each day. If we come in earlier it's because you wanted to come in earlier.
I am a Coast Guard Licensed Captain, Pro Angler, and Pro Guide offering Catfishing Trips for all ages throughout the year on Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie, Congaree River, Wateree River, and the Santee River here in South Carolina. These waters are better known as the Santee Cooper Lakes. I am a FULL TIME GUIDE since 2000 where we average being on the water 300+ days a year. I am the only person who has boated 5 catfish over 90 lbs to 100.5 lbs here at Santee Cooper. Now, yes, we do catch smaller catfish as well. Most days we will average 200+ lbs of fish and up to my all time best day of 723 lbs. On the Santee Cooper we catch primarily Blue Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Channel Catfish, and White Catfish. By changing and using different Fishing Methods and Styles of fishing through the year we have had a tremendous success ratio. By moving with the migrating fish, whether it's Winter Fishing at the first of the year, to Spring Time Shallow Water, to the Summer Time Day or night fishing trips, to the Fall through early Winter Fishing, WE CATCH FISH YEAR ROUND. With each seasons, and Style of fishing adds a New Experience making fishing Fast, & Furious, Exciting, & FUN for all ages.
We offer Catfishing with a 100 POUNDS OF CATFISH A DAY GUARANTEE AT SANTEE. If you do not get 100 lbs of catfish at Santee, it is $50 off your next trip. Since this may happen average 11 times a year, most the time I offer even more off for your next trip. I have never gone fishing and not caught fish. So a No Fish No Pay guarantee does not work.
We have caught, weighed, and recorded and average of 45,000+ lbs of fish a year for 7 years. We also offer fishing trips for Bream, and Stripers here where they are known for their abundance, large size. With our Mild Winter Temps our waters do not freeze in the winter. This means that our fish stay active through out the year growing and growing.I have really been blessed in my adventures. We have 22 Confirmed World Records of fish ranging from 100.5 lbs and under. We have caught a lot of exceptional big fish receiving Certificate of Achievement from the Governor. We have World Records Ranging from: Blue Catfish 100.5 lbs, 96.4 lbs, and with a 90 lb Flathead Catfish. With 11 World Records with kids under 16 years old. Youth World Records here at Santee Cooper. Our 96.4 lb World Record Blue Catfish was caught while filming the “What a Catch” TV Show.
See recent catches in our Photo Gallery .
We have been featured in 17 different TV Shows like; O'Neill Outside, What a Catch, Bob Redfern Outdoor Magazine, South Carolina Outdoors, and Adrenalin Adventures TV. These shows have helped launch our services around the world.We have been featured in over 263 magazines like Field & Stream, South Carolina Game and Fish, South Carolina Sportsman, and more. These articles focused on Catfishing the Santee Cooper with tips, and tricks to help everyone to catch bigger, and better Trophy Catfish. These TV Shows and Publications have made our service into a World Class Operation hosting people from Every State in the USA and from 49 Different Countries.
We also offer some special fishing trips on Catawba River System. and Lake Wateree South Carolina for Striper, White Bass, White Perch, and 4 different species of catfish at the same time. So ask about these Seasonal Special trips.
These guide services I offer to anyone who wants to fish. This guide won't promise the biggest fish in the world, but I will do my best to get you jerked out of the boat by a big fish! I will use my 47 years fishing experience to try and get you what you want.My fishing is done with conventional rod & reel, bait, & tackle. With my guide services I provide boat, boating safety equipment, rods, reels, tackle, bait and cooler for fish. If you would like to bring your own equipment, let me know. For the big catfish it takes very heavy equipment.
We fish on a 30-foot long Crest II H. P. Pontoon boat powered by a Yamaha 250 H. P. 4-Stroke Motor with a 12 ft. hard top. We have been green since 2000! We use cutting edge technology electronics, equipment, and high quality products by Crest Pontoon Boats, Yamaha Motors Penn, Berkley Power Bait, Ugly Stick, Spider Wire, Fire Line, Marine Service, All Start Rods, Stren, Berkley, Trilene, Genesis Trailers, Shakespeare, Abu Garcia, Pflueger , Lowrance Electronic, Columbia Sportswear, Catawba Tackle and Marine Co. Inc., Quality Pier, Jesse Brown's Outdoors, Green Magnet Fishing Lights, and Southpaw Screen Printing & Embroidery, These quality products help me do my job right!
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Call today Captain Darryl Smith 803-372-1398 to book your fishing trip
Captain Darryl's Guide Service
3145 Long Meadow Road
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Home Phone (803) 324-7912 Mobile Phone (803) 372-1398